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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Feb 26, 2012 2:54pm
Forum: movies Subject: In terms of US works, are pre-1923 musical compositions public domain?

There's a recording of "Tiger Rag" I'd like to use in a project...the recording itself is public domain, but is the composition public domain too? Same goes for a recording of 1913's "Ballin' the Jack".

I don't understand copyright law, so please forgive my stupidity on this subject matter.

Could somebody *please* help?

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Poster: nwatna Date: Mar 1, 2012 10:22am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: In terms of US works, are pre-1923 musical compositions public domain?

Everything published in the United States before 1923 is in the public domain. It doesn't matter what it is.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Mar 1, 2012 11:10am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: In terms of US works, are pre-1923 musical compositions public domain?

OK, thanks for the info!